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Anthony Driver

Anthony Driver was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and is a proud graduate of the Chicago Public School system. Driver was raised to value hard work, community, and civic engagement. His mother is a long time City of Chicago employee (OEMC) and his father is a carpenter and contractor by trade. Both parents are active members of their respective labor unions and instilled their core values in Driver at a young age. Driver’s grandparents are both pillars of the Back of the Yards community. His grandmother is a retired Chicago Board of Education employee and has served as an Elections Judge for more than 30 years. His grandfather spent over 30 years working for the City Water Department and is a former Precinct Captain in the ward.

Growing up Driver had a chance to experience both the best and the worst that the city had to offer. In 2011 after a series of business plan competitions, he was selected as the Ernst & Young “Young Entrepreneur of the Year.” Unfortunately, the joy of this accomplishment would be short lived by the loss of two close friends to gun violence that same year. Those tragic incidents powered Anthony’s ambition to make a positive impact on his community.

In the wake of personal tragedy, Driver went on to attend Howard University (B.A. Political Science) and immerse himself in politics in the Nation's Capital. It was here at the Capstone of Black education that Driver would hone his skills as a leader and activist. While in DC, he had the opportunity to work with many congressional and business leaders on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to restoring voting rights protections. It was during that time that he developed a passion for activism and policy. While spending time as a Policy Fellow at the Estell Group, the first and only national government relations firm that is owned by a Black woman in Washington DC, Driver learned the importance of diversity and advocacy at the highest level. Locally, he has worked with many civic and governmental organizations, including the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, to combat gun violence and poverty in the Black community.

As a passionate advocate and fourth generation resident of this community, Anthony Driver is now ready to use his talent to serve the people of the 20th Ward as a candidate seeking public office.

WHO INSPIRES ME?
Mayor Harold Washington

As a resident of Chicago and a student of politics, Mayor Harold Washington holds a prominent place in my heart. His work as an activist, legislator, and mayor has paved the way for young leaders such as myself. What most inspires me about Mayor Washington, is his relentless pursuit to defeat the democratic patronage system and challenge the status quo. It is because of Mayor Washington that I feel emboldened and empowered to positively change my community and the world at large.

Father Michael Pfleger

Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church has served as a role model for me from a young age. My first interaction with Father Mike was in elementary school as I started competing in basketball leagues at St. Sabina. My next interaction with him, although a somber one, would go on too inspire me for years to come. During the summer of 2011 my best friend, Estavion Green, was senselessly gunned down near his home. As friends of Estavion gathered in the main office of our former high school, the phone rang. I answered the phone, and on the other end was Father Mike offering condolences and a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest. His call would provide me with hope for the future. That day I made a decision to “fight like Father Mike.” Over the next few years I would have the pleasure of working with Father Mike as a concerned resident during his summer peace marches, and as an intern with the Chicago Mayor’s office. He is an exemplary role model and his work continues to inspire me today.

A. Philip Randolph

As the child of two union leaders, the ability to collectively organize and bargain is a liberty that I hold near to my heart. A. Philip Randolph is the pioneer of Black collective bargaining. Through his work he was able to desegregate the armed forces, form the first Black labor union, and end racial discrimination in US defense factories. He has paved the way for people like my parents to enjoy basic liberties such as: job security, living wages, and racial equality. Randolph once said, “A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.” These words are still applicable today and motivate me to address the widening health and wealth disparities in Chicago.